Found a Peanut

by Donald Margulies

February 25–28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
February 28–March 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
Studio 88 Theatre

Tickets: $7 Students, $8 Seniors, $10 Adults

This coming of age comedy-drama depicts the backyard world of childhood, with its bullies and victims, leaders and outsiders, brats and tattle-tales, friendships and sibling interchanges, and of course, the games. As the children play, we watch as they suffer the indignities of name-calling, learning responsibility, and trying to fit in.


Production Staff

Josh Horowitz, Director
Theresa Liebhart, Assistant Director
Caitlyn Shiner, Stage Manager
Todd Stuart, Scenic Designer
Cara Hinh, Costume Designer
Emma Crowe, Lighting Designer
Russ Blain, Sound Designer
Curtis Mortimore, Technical Director
Gion DeFrancesco, Production Manager
Julia Guichard, Vocal Coach
Lewis Magruder, Directing Advisor
Melanie Mortimore, Costume Advisor
Russ Blain, Lighting/SM Advisor
Fight Choreography, Jonn Baca
Meggan Peters, Costume Shop Supervisor
Tom Featherstone, Scene Shop Supervisor

Cast List

Caleb Schirmer, Jeffrey Smolowitz
Richard Dent, Mike Rosen
Jordan Gravely, Melody Rosen
Kaela Smith, Joanie Bernstein
Aidan McBreen, Little Earl
Jeremiah Plessinger, Scott
JP Horton, Ernie
Jacob Groth, Shane

Central Themes in the Play

  • Jewish Identity
  • Trauma
  • Relationship Dynamics
  • Death
  • Childhood
  • Bullying
  • Friendship

About the Playwright

Over the past thirty years Donald Margulies has penned over thirteen plays, numerous short works and monologues, has won a Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and has been nominated for several other awards including the Tony Award for Best play, and the Outer Critics’ Circle Award.  Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the majority of his plays deal with Jewish-American characters and themes surrounding Jewish-American culture and identity.

His first professional play, Found a Peanut, was produced in 1984 by Joseph Papp as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival.  Since then he has had many works produced regionally and on Broadway including, What’s Wrong with this Picture? Sight Unseen, Dinner with Friends which won him the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2000, and was made into a TV movie in 2001, and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Story of Louis de Rougement (As Told by Himself) which premiered at the Humana Festival for New Plays in Louisville in 2009.  His most recent work, The Country House, premiered on Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club this past October.  

He currently resides in Connecticut with his family and teaches playwriting at Yale University.


Donald Margulies reads from his essay from "The Play That Changed My Life." Courtesy of the New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend.